Empty Tombs

Christ is risen!

Easter is the occasion of one of my family’s most venerable traditions, always popular because it involves donuts.  I think it deserves to be propagated whenever possible; therefore, I am proud to present the Sullivan family Easter breakfast: Empty Tombs.

An empty tomb is a donut with a donut hole on top of it.  You could just pop out to Winchell’s, but this Easter I took things up a notch and made my Empty Tombs from scratch.  This recipe is modified slightly from the Better Homes and Gardens cookbook.

On Holy Saturday:

In a large mixing bowl, combine 2 1/4 c. flour, 2 t. baking powder, 1/2 t. cinnamon, and 1/4 t. nutmeg.  In a small bowl, mix 1/4 c. melted margarine, 2/3 c. milk, 1 beaten egg, 2/3 c. sugar, and 1 t. vanilla.  Mix wet and dry ingredients; cover dough and chill overnight.  (The dough doesn’t have to chill overnight, but if you don’t, you’ll have to make the whole thing on Easter morning.)

On Easter Sunday morning:

Roll out dough 1/2″ thick on a floured surface.  Use the floured rim of a glass to cut dough into circles and something smaller, like a cap from a jug, to cut the holes.  (You can do this the night before and chill the shaped dough overnight, if you prefer.)  Fry donuts until golden, about 1 minute on each side, in 1-2″ of hot vegetable oil.  Cool slightly on a wire rack or paper towels.

Serve donuts any of the following ways: Dusted with powdered sugar, thoroughly coated with a mixture of granulated sugar and cinnamon, or coated with a glaze of powdered sugar and water.  If, like me, this still doesn’t strike you as delicious enough, make a chocolate glaze.  Melt 1/4 c. chocolate chips and 1 T. margarine in a saucepan over low heat.  Stir in 1/2 c. powdered sugar and 1 T. water, or enough to make a good consistency.  Drizzle over donuts.

Place a donut hole on each donut and look inside to verify that the tomb is empty.

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  1. Mom S

    The Lord is risen, indeed!
    I would love to have seen a photo of your empty tombs. This year I made a trek to Top Pot donuts for some astonishingly delicious and varied tombs. We toyed with the thought of hiding the PlayMobil Nativity set baby Jesus in one of the tombs, but decided that Kallie (at age 5) might suffer irreparable theological confusion. Instead, Joe played dragon-rising-from-the-dead with her. Not sure if that was less damaging! We also brought out the footlocker of Easter-related objects and divided them up so that each of us took turns telling parts of the Easter story. The favorite object was the stuffed clip-clop donkey!

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